Now in our 9th year!

welcome to boldface, the only conference in the U.S.A. dedicated to emerging writers.

join us this May for an event like no other.  Experience daily workshops, readings, craft talks, social events and professionalism panels in an intimate and supportive environment designed specifically with the needs of emerging writers in mind.

boldface is hosted by Glass Mountain, the University of Houston’s undergraduate literary magazine, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.   This gives us unique insights into the needs and issues facing emerging writers in today’s challenging literary environment.

attendees are invited to enter their work to the Robertson Prize – a competition specifically for Boldface attendees.   You can check out the 2016 Conference’s award winning entries in Volume #17 of  Glass Mountain Magazine on sale here through Submittable.  Glass Mountain also accepts independent submissions all year long, and publishes each Spring and Fall.

want to know what happens at Boldface?  Whet your appetite with a look at our 2017 Boldface Program, meet our 2017 Faculty,  and make plans to join us this year.

Apply for Boldface HERE! 


Conference Dates:
May 22-26, 2017         | MD Anderson Library, University of Houston

Jan 1 – Apr 25, 2017  | Early Bird Registration 

from Apr 26, 2017      | Regular Registration

Boldface 2017 Rates

Date Student Community Member
January 1 – April 25 $195 $295
April 26 – May 14 $295 $395
May 15 – May 23 $395 $495


Sign up during our Early Bird registration to take advantage of our lowest rates.

For Group Registration, or to claim a Scholarship or Competition Winner’s Prize please email our Boldface Coordinator, Erika Jo Brown at

See you in May!


Announcing our Featured Writers for 2017:


Non Fiction: Leah Lax

Poetry:  Hayan Charara

Fiction: Bill Broun

lax-bio-photoLeah Lax holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She’s written award-winning fiction and nonfiction, including her memoir, Uncovered— finalist for four literary prizes and winner of the Texas Writers’ League Discover Award. Uncovered has been excerpted on NPR, the Advocate, Huffington Post, and in three award-winning anthologies, and now it’s being turned into a modern opera by composer Lori Laitman, for which Leah wrote the libretto. Leah also wrote major productions for Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Symphony. Now she’s working on a veterans’ song cycle with composer Mark Buller and on a historical novel.

To find out more about Leah Lax, visit her website at:

chararaphotocolorHayan Charara is a poet, children’s book author, essayist, and editor. His poetry books are Something Sinister, The Sadness of Others, and The Alchemist’s Diary. His children’s book, The Three Lucys, received the New Voices Award Honor, and he edited Inclined to Speak, an anthology of contemporary Arab American poetry. With Fady Joudah, he is also a series editor of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. Charara has a MA from NYU’s Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston. His honors include a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lucille Joy Prize in Poetry from the University of Houston creative writing program, and the John Clare Prize. He currently teaches in the Honors College at the University of Houston.

To find out more about Hyan Charara visit his website at:


Bill Broun is a novelist, short-story writer, and widely published journalist. He teaches professional and creative writing at East Stroudsburg University at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with a special interest in journalism and digital media. He serves as faculty adviser to the student newspaper, The Stroud Courier, and assists with the Master’s in Professional and Digital Media Writing, a program he helped design. Broun has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. His short fiction has appeared in major literary journals, including the Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, and Open City. His critically acclaimed debut novel, Night of The Animals, was released in July 2016.

To find out more about Bill Broun visit his website at: